NFL Films President Steve Sabol died of brain cancer on Tuesday, and it didn’t take long before we saw a massive outpouring of reflections on Sabol’s life and impact on the game of football from players, coaches and league execs, both past and present. Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones, like most, remembers Sabol fondly.
“I really believe Steve was put on earth to do this job and be a part of what he contributed to the NFL,” Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. “I honestly don’t know of anyone who loved, understood or appreciated the NFL more than Steve did. He was one of the greatest storytellers of our time, not just in sports but in any part of the American society.
“I’ve often said that they only throw ticker-tape parades for war heroes, astronauts and people that win games or championship sports figures because they’re larger than life. Well somebody has to take the accomplishments of these people and make them larger than life. Someone had to take that moment and turn it into a legend and that’s what Steve Sabol did for the NFL better than anyone.”
To be sure, the institution that is NFL Films left an indelible mark on the Cowboys, as it was them who first called Dallas “America’s Team,” a moniker that has stuck around, to much debate, throughout the years.
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